I recently got to try out a unique weighted blanket from Weighting Comforts. They sent me the CoolMax style in light grey. I requested this version because I’m in Florida so I was worried I’d be too hot otherwise. They also come in soft cotton and snuggly flannel versions.
The idea behind the blankets is that they increase serotonin and melatonin in your body, which helps you relax, feel more calm and fall asleep much easier. They are recommended for people with anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, restless leg syndrome and depression. I’ve always had a bit of anxiety and sometimes it keeps me awake at night. I tend to toss and turn and wiggle my legs around.
The blanket is impressively heavy! It’s comprised of many little pockets filled with weighted beads made from a non-hazardous PVC compound. It’s a nice size too, and easily covered my king size bed from side-to-side.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I tried it directly on me, like a regular blanket cover. It was just too much. Then I noticed a card had fallen out of the package and on the back was instructions on how to use the blanket. It always helps to read the instructions! The card says to give it a week before deciding if you don’t like it. And if you don’t, they have a great 30-day return policy.
We recommend trying the blanket for ONE WEEK in the following ways:
- Place the weighted blanket on top of your comforter, covering your whole body from chest to toes.
- Use the weighted blanket on top of your sheet, with no comforter.
- Place the weighted blanket only on the lower half of your body.
- Place the weighted blanket only on the upper half of your body.
- If you have a feeling of anxiety with the blanket on you, take a deep breath and remind yourself, “I can remove this blanket at any time.” Some people find it takes several nights to adjust to the weight.
- Consider exchanging for a lighter weight blanket.
It took a little work to find the right way to use it for me. My perfect combo is over the covers, just on my lower half. It calms the urge to fidget and flop around while drifting off to sleep, and makes me feel a little more secure and snug. I find even just from the knees down makes a difference. When I wake up in the middle of the night and find it has bunched down at the end of the bed, I’ll stick my feet back under it and fall right back to sleep.